06 June 2016

UN Jobs - National Professional Officer/Emergency Preparedness and Response at World Health Organisation (WHO)

Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/16/FT336
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Grade: NO-C
Reports to: WHO Representative

About WHO:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Job Summary: The NPO/Emergency Preparedness and Response will offer technical support to MOH and partners in the areas of Emergency preparedness and response specifically strengthening disease surveillance, response and control of disease outbreaks. In line with the international initiatives such as the IHR and health security agenda.  The jobholder will also elaborate strategies and guidelines to ensure the quality and usefulness of the system in place for early warning, rapid assessments of the health and general condition of affected populations during emergencies. The incumbent will support adaptation and implementing Early Warning and Response Systems including IDSR to monitor potential communicable disease outbreaks. The jobholder will support coordination of partners to and promote harmonization and complementarity of various initiatives. The incumbent will support the development of a sustainable system for Emergency preparedness and response using innovative approaches through the use of available and affordable technologies.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative, and working in close collaboration with technical staff at headquarters, Regional and Country Office, the incumbent:
  • Provides technical expertise and guidance in the field of Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) including provision of expertise and authoritative advice for the collection, validation, analysis and dissemination of data, the design and implementation of Early Warning and Response System, and the coordination of related activities.
  • Establishes and maintain close collaboration with a broad range of staff from MOH, health facilities District health offices and partners to promote and facilitate effective cooperation for the implementation of related policies and procedures
  • Offers support in capacity building in the country to meet the core IHR competencies. Monitor progress, identify critical gaps and support the review and re-planning for meeting the required core competencies.
  • Provides elaborate strategies and guidelines to ensure the quality and usefulness of EPR interventions including the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response, monitoring and rapid assessments when required during emergencies;
  • Ensures a close contact and collaboration with MOH and district health offices to ensure timely communication of events of potential health risks including disease outbreaks. Monitor trends and report potential emergencies to ensure timely and coordinated response.
  • Keenly monitor internal WHO capacity to implement the WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF) in collaboration with the other units within WHO. Participate in the development of strategies and implementation of interventions to build the WCO capacity to implement ERF.
  • Lead and promote the effective coordination of surveillance and assessment activities with Regional Offices and HQ as well as local, regional and national health entities and other international health partners including UN agencies and NGOs;
  • Offer support the MOH in collaboration with the regional office and HQ to strengthen cross border collaboration, capacity building and information exchange.
  • Secure information from a broad range of health sectors, analysing and recommending actions and guidelines for the elaboration of medium- and long-term plans of work and strategies, including consolidating health data in trends and trends assessment, with particular attention to surveillance, monitoring and early warning;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the WR

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidates for the World Health Organization (WHO) National Professional Officer/Emergency Preparedness and Response should hold a Degree in medicine and/or postgraduate degree in epidemiology, mathematics, or statistics, with specialization in public health and studies in computer sciences.
  • Additional training on disaster management and essential statistical packages and information management system is desirable
  • A minimum of two to three years of professional experience with an emphasis on Disease surveillance and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Previous experience in project management, ideally in the UN system and/or a public health context;
  • Good knowledge of GSM system or similar ERP systems;
  • Prior exposure and experience in staff training with surveillance and health management information systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of surveillance and monitoring systems as related to emergency preparedness and response, complemented by skills in the field of epidemiological or statistical data collection, assessment, analysis and the evaluation and monitoring in a public health context.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize and promote innovative strategies and policies. Ability to communicate and write in a clear and concise manner, and to develop effective guidelines. 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good monitoring, evaluation and analytical skills
  • Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills complemented by ability to motivate and lead others, and to promote consensus. Ability for research and innovations to address critical gaps.
  • Computer literacy skills: Excellent knowledge of Microsoft applications (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc) with an emphasis on Excel and other epidemiological research application.
  • Good knowledge of WHO health surveillance system and programme management an end-to-end business processes as designed in the Global Management system;
  • Languages: Excellent knowledge of English, with the ability to work in another UN language. Knowledge of local languages is an asset

Generic Competencies:
  • Producing results (core)
  • Fostering integration and teamwork (core)
  • Creating an empowering and motivating environment (managerial)    
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond (managerial)
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences (core)

How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join the United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) by sending their online applications to enable WHO to store their personal profiles in a permanent database. Visit WHO’s e-Recruitment website below and follow the instructions for online application procedures.

NB: All applicants are encouraged to apply online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Deadline: 14th June 2016

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